Match – Gujarat Fortunegiants vs Bengaluru Bulls
Date – 31 December 2018, 8:00 PM IST
Venue – Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kochi
Pro Kabaddi League Season 6 Playoffs continue as the Qualifier 1 sees the top sides from the two zones fight it out on the mat for a place in the grand finale. Gujarat Fortunegiants will take on the Bengaluru Bulls in the first match of the night at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Kochi, Kerala.
Gujarat Fortunegiants have been in great form coming into the playoffs on the back of six wins on the trot. They rotated their side well giving ample rest to their key players in the final leg and will be roaring to get to their second Pro Kabaddi League final in consecutive seasons. The Fortunegiants have banked on their strong defensive unit fronted by two dynamic raiders Sachin Tanwar and K Prapanjan.
Bengaluru Bulls secured the top spot on the final day of the season with a comfortable win over the Jaipur Pink Panthers. The Bulls have been perhaps the best raiders this season and will be hoping their defence backs them up against the Gujarat side as they aim to reach their first final after the second season. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Rohit Kumar will be the key men on the mat for the Bulls.
Form Guide (most recent to oldest):
Gujarat Fortunegiants – W W W W W
Bengaluru Bulls – W L D W W
Head to Head (Season 5):
Matches Played: 1
Won by Gujarat Fortunegiants: 0
Won by Bengaluru Bulls: 0
Matches Drawn: 1
Probable Starting 7:
Sunil Kumar (c), Parvesh Bhainswal, Sachin, K Prapanjan, Rohit Gulia, Sachin Vittala, Ruturaj Koravi
Rohit Kumar (c), Pawan Kumar Sehrawat, Kashiling Adake, Mahender Singh, Ashish Kumar Sangwan, Raju Lal Choudhary, Amit Sheoran
My dream XI
Sachin Tanwar (16.5 Cr) and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat (18 Cr) form the raiding unit of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The two main raiders of either sides make up our raiding unit with Sachin Tanwar and Pawan Kumar Sehrawat. Sachin Tanwar has continued to display his consistency for the Gujarat side for the second season running with his clinical raiding. He has scored 161 raid points in 20 matches this season and will be well-rested after sitting out the last league fixture against the Patna Pirates. Pawan Kumar Sehrawat has set the Pro Kabaddi League alight with his explosive raiding ability managing to rack up 236 raid points in 22 matches leading the Bulls to the playoffs. He will be aiming to keep his form going against the Gujarat side who have a stubborn defensive unit.
Parvesh Bhainswal (15 Cr), Sachin Vittala (13 Cr), Raju Lal Choudhary (12 Cr) and Amit Sheoran (12.5 Cr) form the defensive lineup of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
The corner-cover combination of Parvesh Bhainswal and Sachin Vittala makes our fantasy squad for the qualifiers. Parvesh Bhainswal has been lethal in the defence forming the core of their lineup along with skipper Sunil Kumar and scored 81 tackle points. Sachin Vittala has played the supporting role with great ability picking up a few tackle points as well as assists. The two corner defenders of the Bengaluru Bulls make our fantasy squad. Amit Sheoran has been in fine form in the past few weeks averaging almost three tackle points per match. Raju Lal Choudhary has played on the right corner for them and done fairly well with his support to the cover defenders.
Rohit Gulia (13 Cr) forms the all-rounders of the Dream XI Fantasy Squad.
Rohit Gulia has contributed well all through the season as the third raider for the Gujarat Fortunegiants with his ability to pick bonus points at regular intervals. He can chip in with a few tackle points as well.
Captain and vice-captain: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat and Sachin Tanwar
Alternative: Sachin Tanwar and Parvesh Bhainswal
Player to watch out for: Pawan Kumar Sehrawat
The marauding raider has been the key factor for the Bulls’ run to the top of the standings in Zone B with his speed and agility on the mat. He has scored 236 raid points so far and will aim to be at his best against a stellar Gujarat defensive unit.